Well, I've got some rats around the barn again. I've seen evidence of them burrowing under the barn. I went in last night at about 10:30 PM and saw 3 of them in the big coop. I don't really want to put out rat pellets. I just read on line you could put cayenne pepper on the food and it will keep them away from the food. I had heard of putting it in their water for health reasons but had never heard of it keeping rats away. It makes sense but, will it do any harm to the chickens if you use too much?? Will it keep rats from getting in the food??
IIRC I used a tablespoon per gallon of feed. I used 2 gallon buckets for feeders and mixed in a couple tablespoons per bucket. Use a long spoon or stick to mix, not your hands and mix well away from your face.
Me and a baby squirrel just scared the hell out of each other. I had put their feed bowl inside the chicken house to keep that little booger away from it and there he was, eating out of it. I almost fell down my ramp trying to get out, he was squeiling and running around. He finally ran out and up the tree half way just to watch me throw some old bread to the chix.
He won't be eating out of that bowl tomorrow, thanks for the info.
Ambient temp doesn't make any difference, hot or cold.
I don't know if it will stop squirrels or rats though.
If anyone tries this, please let us all know the results. I'm all for doing anything I can to get rid of varmints that doesn't involve poison. Our little coon hound loves to dig, and he loves the taste of rat baits.
I may have to put him on Vitamin K prophylatically...
In high enough portions cayenne pepper will stop squirrels from eating poultry and bird seed. Too little cayenne and the squirrels get used to it. The drawback to using too much cayenne is it can get pretty expensive. I used a tablespoon per gallon and went from 10 squirrels in the feed to none. If you already have squirrels or rats in the feed start with close to 1/4 cup per gallon of feed. Needless to say the squirrels reaction after eating some is quite hilarious! If you use 1/4 cup per gallon the squirrels won't even try eating the feed.
I guess if there is no feed, you end up with no rats, I catch my in live catch cages because I don't want to use poison and the snap traps you can only get one at a time...I am definately getting pepper when I go to the store, does it affect the taste of the eggs?